Global Warming Graph Analysis
Shorecrest High School
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Students interpret a variety of graphs from IPCC reports to learn the details of climate change.
AP Environmental Science high school course
Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
Correlation between atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration and temperature
How the activity is situated in the course
This is a stand-alone exercise that occurs near the beginning of my climate change unit.
Content/concepts goals for this activity
Mechanisms of global warming, effects of global warming on climate and environment.
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
Analysis of data
Other skills goals for this activity
Group work and presentation
Description of the activity/assignment
Students interpret a variety of graphs from IPCC reports to learn the details of climate change. Pairs of students analyze data in graphs, and present their findings by addressing the following points: 1) Describe the axes and range of the graph; 2) Describe the general trend of the graph; and 3) What might your graph be telling us, and what can you infer from the data? This lesson appears to be relatively simple, but much of the peer-reviewed data in these reports are highly technical and require a great deal of analysis.
Determining whether students have met the goals
Graphs are presented well to the class.
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